Tag Archives: complementary medicine

The placebo effect goes deep

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Article reads: A particular mind-set or belief about one’s body or health may lead to improvements in disease symptoms as well as changes in appetite, brain chemicals and even vision, several recent studies have found, highlighting how fundamentally the mind and body are connected.

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Placebo linked to body’s chemicals

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Article reads: In clinical trials, new drugs are often compared to older treatments, but sometimes they’re also compared to placebos—inert treatments that ought to have no effect. Except that’s not what happens. The placebo effect can actually be pretty strong, and even more strangely, placebos can work even when the patient knows they’re being given one.

Acupressure and acupuncture on laboring women

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Article reads: A new review shows that acupressure and acupuncture may have a role in reducing pain, increasing satisfaction with pain management and reduced use of pharmacological management in laboring women.

Explaining and translating acupuncture away

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Article reads: While many practices in alternative medicine are slowly but surely making their way into the mainstream, acupuncture is one that still produces skeptical eyebrow raises. This phenomenon is partly due to linguistics. Scientists have worked to elucidate the mechanisms by which yoga, meditation, and various dietary interventions may work on the cells of the body, but there is something fundamentally more ancient-feeling about the language of acupuncture.

Scientism: fool`s gold

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http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=55572

Article reads: Although science is not an enemy of chiropractic, scientism most certainly is. Scientism limits all fields of human inquiry to contemporary technology. Again according to Wikipedia, “Scientism is the notion that natural science comprises the most authoritative worldview or form of human knowledge, and that it is superior to all other interpretations of life.”

Traditional Chinese medicine

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Article reads: Wong, who specialises in Chinese medical treatment of cancer or tumour, also has written more than 20 medical papers published locally and abroad.

Laughter releases endorphins and limits pain

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/science/14laughter.html

Article reads: Laughter is regularly promoted as a source of health and well being, but it has been hard to pin down exactly why laughing until it hurts feels so good.

Laughter and healing

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Article reads: Laughing is a serious business, according to researchers, who say it can help in conditions as diverse as diabetes and eczema, heart disease and asthma. It can boost the immune system and help fight infections, and laughter yoga – clapping and chanting ho ho ha ha ha – can be an effective therapy for depression.

Label most alternative medicines as untested

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Article reads: Australia’s therapeutics watchdog is considering the radical option of requiring alternative medicines to contain an ”untested” disclaimer on their labels.

Hypnosis

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http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/lifestyle/stress/heal-hypnosis-138

Article reads: Hypnosis is widely used to treat psychosomatic problems as a very effective therapy. Hypnotherapy has been proved to be very successful in cases of enhancing performance, willpower and confidence as well as treating depression and anxiety.